During today’s hike, we were able to identify four wildflowers. It seems that as some disappear, they are replaced by others, and the dominant flowers near Little Orleans were the Common Fleabane and Dame’s Rocket. The former is part of the daisy family, while the latter is a mustard that is considered to be invasive–at least in some circles.
We were also fortunate enough to find a couple of rarer flowers, including the Spiderwort. This plant has three violet-colored petals and long, narrow leaves. It blooms from April to July and is common along roadsides and near thickets.
We were also fortunate enough to find a solitary Larger Blue Flag bloom growing in the middle of the canal bed. This plant is also known as the Wild Iris, and it grows in marshy habitats. Of the wildflowers that we’ve seen this spring, the Larger Blue Flag is among the most spectacular, rivaled only by the Trout Lily. Fortunately, it blooms from May to July, and it looks like there will be plenty of these flowers in the canal bed in the future (downstream from Little Orleans).